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Aubrey Trail in solitary confinement after saying he received threats

September 18, 2018

LINCOLN — The man facing a possible death sentence if convicted in the killing of Lincoln retail clerk Sydney Loofe says he’s received threats from other jail inmates as he awaits trial.

Aubrey Trial also recently filed a motion asking a judge to provide him with a television or radio to help pass the 23 hours per day he’s held in solitary confinement for security purposes. Right now, he has access to books from the jail library and copies of police reports detailing the state’s evidence.

Defense attorney Ben Murray of Hebron said his client’s request has been denied by the jail administrator. It’s not an option for Trail to spend time in a jail commons area that has a TV, Murray added.

“He believes that his safety will be at risk in the general population,” Murray said.

Saline County District Judge Vicky Johnson scheduled a 1 p.m. hearing Thursday to take up the motion. At the same hearing, she will consider requests by Trail for expert witnesses such as a pathologist and forensic anthropologist to review Loofe’s autopsy and other evidence gleaned from her remains.

The 24-year-old clerk at a Lincoln Menards was reported missing Nov. 15 after going on a date with Bailey Boswell, Trail’s girlfriend. Loofe’s remains were discovered, wrapped in plastic bags, several weeks later in a remote area near Edgar, Nebraska.

In phone calls to reporters, Trail, 52, has claimed responsibility for Loofe’s death but said it was an accident. State prosecutors, however, have alleged that the killing was premeditated. They have filed first-degree murder charges against Trail and Boswell.

Prosecutors also are seeking the death penalty against Boswell, 24.

Among their evidence is surveillance camera footage from a Home Depot store showing Trail and Boswell buying tools and supplies “believed to have been used in the dismemberment and disposal” of Loofe’s body, according to court records.

The motion related to the jail threats does not list specifics other than to suggest that they were prompted by Trail’s media notoriety. It also says Trail gets to leave his cell for only one hour per day to visit an exercise yard. Sometimes, the yard sessions take place after midnight.

Murray said he believes the jail staff are trying to make sure Trail doesn’t communicate with Boswell, who is being held at the same jail in Wilber, Nebraska.

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